Newman Summer Academics and Enrichment

+ Course Descriptions

We offer a diverse selection of courses each summer, each of which is listed below. Along with each course you will find its course description, details about the instructor and later a download with further class details.

7th & 8th Grade Enrichment and Exploration

7th & 8th Grade Enrichment and ExplorationArtists, engineers, designers. . . they have it all: creativity, excitement, and the chance to do work that matters. During Newman Summer’s enrichment and exploration program, 7th and 8th graders have the opportunity to try their hands at these professions as well! Each week, students will learn from professionals, head out into the community, and create their own masterpieces. These week-long, full-day intensives are specially designed just for rising 7th and 8th Graders. Available by the week, these intensives are the perfect option for 7th and 8th graders who want to dig deep and explore!

2017 schedule:
Session 1:
Week 1 (June 5 - 9): t.b.a.
Week 2 (June 12 - 16): t.b.a.
Week 3 (June 19 - 23): t.b.a.
Week 4 (June 26 - 30): t.b.a.

Session 2:
Week 1 (Jul. 10 - 14): t.b.a.
Week 2 (Jul. 17 - 21): t.b.a
Week 3 (Jul. 24 - 28): t.b.a

+ Dates: June 5 - July 28 | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 7th, 8th | Fee: $396 per week

Algebra 2a (.5 credit earned)

Algebra 2a (.5 credit earned)This course can be taken for remediation or for original credit. If the course is being taken for original credit, the student must pass both Algebra 2a (first summer semester) and Algebra 2b (second summer semester). The amount of time needed for remediation will be determined by the student’s present school. The first semester of the course will cover linear functions, absolute value functions, systems of equations, introduction to matrices, quadratic functions, and complex numbers. There is an emphasis on graphing and transformations of functions. Although the course content will be that of a rigorous second course in algebra, the instruction will also focus on underlying concepts and computational accuracy in order to help students strengthen their skills.

Camille Lavoie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics alongside her Bachelor of Arts in French from Tulane University. Ms. Lavoie has extensive experience in the classroom as a teaching assistant, student teacher, and tutor. Since the Fall of 2013, Ms. Lavoie has been part of the Newman staff as a full-time math teacher in the Upper School. This will be her fourth summer as part of the Newman Summer’s Academics and Enrichment team.

+ Dates: June 5 - June 30 | Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th | Fee: $832

Algebra 2b (.5 credit earned)

Algebra 2b (.5 credit earned)This course can be taken for remediation or for original credit. If the course is being taken for original credit, the student must pass both Algebra 2a (first summer semester) and Algebra 2b (second summer semester). The amount of time needed for remediation will be determined by the student’s present school. The second semester will cover integer and rational exponents, radical functions, circles, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational functions, and an introduction to probability. Although the course content will be that of a rigorous second course in algebra, the instruction will also focus on underlying concepts and computational accuracy in order to help students strengthen their skills.

Camille Lavoie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics alongside her Bachelor of Arts in French from Tulane University. Ms. Lavoie has extensive experience in the classroom as a teaching assistant, student teacher, and tutor. Since the Fall of 2013, Ms. Lavoie has been part of the Newman staff as a full-time math teacher in the Upper School. This will be her fourth summer as part of the Newman Summer’s Academics and Enrichment team.

+ Dates: July 10 - July 28 | Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th | Fee: $832

Chess Camp with Coach Jeff York

Chess Camp with Coach Jeff YorkCome learn and play chess! If you are a beginner, you will learn all the basics of rules, tactics and strategy, and chess thinking. If you have some experience, you will improve your play to have more fun and challenge other strong players. Instruction mixed with lots of hands on practice and some competition will make this a fun way to spend a week of summer!

Coach Jeff York has been teaching scholastic chess to kids professionally for 10 years. His education includes a B.A. from University of South Florida, an M.A. from Tulane University in Latin American Studies, and an M.A. in Linguistics from University of South Florida. He has taught at all levels, from kindergartners to University students. He is a twice published author and is a Spanish and Portuguese speaker. In his chess teaching career, his students have won four Florida State Scholastic Championships, one National Scholastic Championship, one National Team Championship, and one Louisiana State Scholastic Championship. His hobbies and interests include soccer, running, chess, languages, and playing music as a bassist and drummer. Most of all, he loves seeing kids achieve success in chess and in life by learning chess.

+ Dates: August 7 - August 11 | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades: Rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th | Fee: $327

Mission: Space Invention

Mission: Space InventionBlast off to explore our planet, the Solar System, and the Milky Way. Discover your place in all of that space! Using the excitement of NASA’s mission and programs, students will engage in hands-on activities and experiments. By identifying challenges and proposing solutions to space related situations, students will develop their knowledge and process skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (the STEM disciplines). Students will stir up their creative juices as they work in teams to understand toys in microgravity, build a rocket, create alien slimes, and program LEGO robotics.


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Jennifer Williams, Newman Lower School Science Coordinator
Jennifer Williams teaches 2nd through 4th grade at Newman. She has won the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and has been named Louisiana's Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher, among many other awards. She is author of Oobleck Slime & Dancing Spaghetti which is based upon her science curriculum that has been wildly popular with students and educators. Jennifer is a Teacher Leader for the National Geographic Society's JASON Project where she trains other instructors in hands-on, cross-curricular learning, and she is the author of many articles for Instructor Magazine.


+ Dates: June 5 - June 9 | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades: Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th | Fee: $327

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